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Colorado leaders plan to make child care safer. Here’s how.

More than half of Colorado families rely on unlicensed child care — often called family, friend and neighbor care


Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal seeks $1.3 million to create a state public-private partnership office. Public policy observers are skeptical.

Politics and Government

Carman: Ruthless misogyny is behind our failure to care for children

Reliable, affordable care for kids is vital infrastructure. People dropping out of the workforce is a clear sign of a fiscal death spiral.

Opinion Columns

Desperate phone calls and long waitlists as Colorado parents struggle to find child care

Groups that help Colorado families find child care say the pandemic has made things harder than ever


How Colorado will boost child care with latest round of federal COVID aid

The money comes as child care businesses work to recover from the turmoil of the pandemic and state leaders


Desperate for teachers and staff, some rural Colorado schools are offering their workers child care

Faced with persistent staffing shortages, some rural school districts have decided to open child care centers themselves.


Half of Colorado lives in a day care desert. Here’s how that’s straining one mountain community.

Though officials say help is on the way, parents and child care providers are struggling in Colorado, a state where half the population lives in a day care desert.


What should Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood look like? Leaders want parent, teacher say.

With three months to figure out the department’s structure, the state wants to know how to improve preschool services and financial aid for families.


Carman: No child care, no kids. And don’t call me baby. Got it?

For women who want families and careers, the obstacles are often insurmountable. The American Families Plan is a start.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: The Biden and Polis preschool plans are important steps forward for Colorado families, but they won’t fix all child care problems

As scholars who study child care and women’s labor — and as mothers of young children — we know how difficult it has been for mothers to juggle work and child care during this pandemic.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: The American dream will fade without public investment in health, education


Opinion: Colorado has a secret weapon to help struggling child-care providers

Opinion Columns

“If we close, you can’t go to work”: Colorado child care centers poised for a big infusion of state money

More women than men have left the workforce and not returned since the pandemic. Lack, or fear, of child care is to blame.


Colorado child care centers see rise in coronavirus outbreaks as disease spreads across Denver area

Unlike schools, many child care centers have been open during most or all of the pandemic


Lack of child care prevents moms from getting drug treatment in Colorado. Here comes “RV Honey.”

The first-of-its-kind program will send RVs renovated as child care classrooms to drug and mental health centers in Denver and the San Luis Valley.


Are you a Colorado child care provider who’s open for business? The state has money for you.

The goal is “to create somewhat of a support system around these small businesses as much as we can.”


Opinion: Child care in Colorado was ready for reinvention, COVID-19 now demands it

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Now’s the time to dismantle the systemic racism in our schools

Opinion Columns

Even as Colorado child care centers reopen, their long-term survivability is at risk

Under new restrictions, child care facilities can have no more than 10 kids per room. That means fewer spots for parents -- and less profit for providers.


She closed her Colorado child care center because of coronavirus. Now, she’s wondering if she’ll ever reopen.

Bill Jaeger, vice president of early childhood and policy initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, said he’s concerned the industry — where providers already operate on the thinnest of margins — could collapse

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